Mick Westwood writes a very topical poem about school uniform and the current controversy in a certain school in Margate 


Today, it costs a fortune to educate your child,
To help them plan a way along and not run free and wild.
But tell me this, for I am old and do not understand.
What difference does a ‘uniform’ make in schools across this land?

Some people have no funds to spare, for what these schools ask for,
It’s just a form of punishment to identify the poor,
We didn’t have a ‘uniform’, when I was but a lad,
It seems to me, ‘elitist’, and somehow rather sad.

Some petty – minded person, will issue a ‘dictat’,
And will order other children they must dress like, ‘this and that’,
I know some smart decorum must be observed by all,
But not the ‘Little Hitlers’, who cause a child’s downfall.

What difference education, if socks are just too small,
Or blouse just off the colour, does that matter at all?.
Why cause a child embarrassment, by sending them away?
When they attend for you to educate them on that day.

All you do, is teach a child the sting of ‘snobbery’,
All you do, is breed in them an insecurity,
All you do to mother, is steal from her small purse,
And as for education – You dictators make it worse!


( Copyright Michael Westwood 2016 )

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Mick Westwood
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I am a 71 year old retired coal miner, who spent 30 years working underground. Having time on my hands, and in order to keep my brain exercised, I decided to try to write poetry and put down on paper some of my life experience, and my hopes, dreams and other thoughts. I also do a little gardening, but I am hopeless at housework. Much to my wife's displeasure.

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11th Sep 2016
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Morning Mick, the School Uniform was I think meant to not distinguish between the rich and the poor if everyone was dressed in the same clothes in school . It worked because those children who came from "rich Families " still dressed like everyone else in school. I came from a poor Family , my Father had TB , half a lung taken away and never worked.Because of this ,we never had to pay for a school uniform , we were given vouchers .
9th Sep 2016
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Having had to contend with a lot of bullying because my kids didn't have the in clothes, shoes, bags etc, I quite agree with a school uniform. There is help out there for people who are hard up, and there is no shame in accepting help. Apart from that the children all look smart, and their minds are on their studies rather than what so and so is wearing. Some of the girls I see going to school without uniform look really bad, blouses open, skirts up to their bottoms. Some of the boys are as bad, trousers exposing half their underwear, shirts askew, awful footwear. No give me a uniform any day.
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9th Sep 2016
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I never really liked literature but on here there great or am I changing as I get old lol
9th Sep 2016
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As a retired teacher, due to ill health, I think the headmaster is quite right to take a stand by implementing correct school uniform. If there was no school uniform, the students would end up in competition for who has the best clothes, the most up to date, the best 'named' clothes and the students who cannot afford these could end up be laughed at or even bullied. It certainly is not 'elitist'. We have all worn a school uniform at secondary school and followed the rules, so what is the problem now?
9th Sep 2016
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Oh Mick these are my thoughts as well my daughter (single) mum has just kitted my grandson out for going to high school and it const a fortune !!

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